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We buy ours in 5# packs at Smart & Final.

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wopachop wrote:

Fired it up today and on round 4 of seasoning. Wish I could backtrack to round 1.

Blackstone website and blackstone videos contradict each other. I would have done things differently if I got all the info first and developed my own technique.

The center gets to 700F. I'm not a steak guy but doesnt Ruth's Chris advertise as cooking at 800F?

Im going camping with you, if your comparing your campground food to ruth chris im in.
Lol, its a portable griddle not a high end cooking appliance! And yea , sesoning it takes some time, as does learing how to cook on it. Water, a scaper long spatula thing and a blast hood are key.


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wopachop wrote:

OkieGene wrote:

I have the 17 inch blackstone.  It's fine, but it only has 1 burner.
There is a guy online who works for blackstone and makes cooking videos. He makes it clear that he is only making the videos out of the love for cooking. Its not to sell blackstone griddles.

Claims he has seasoned 100 blackstones in his time. I watched his video seasoning a 17" and it struggled to get hot in the corners. He gave the tip to literally pick the griddle up and rotate it 180 degrees. Not sure how that changes anything considering their H shaped flame pattern. Isnt the flame pattern symmetrical?

Whatever the case that video convinced me to avoid the 17". Three days ago i could have easily spent $130 for a 17" off amazon. So glad i didnt. The 2 burner 22" is where is at for us campers is my opinion.


I seasoned mine first at home in the oven, like you would cast iron pans. Then hit it with the bacon, on the first trip.

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I tried to look up optimum temp for seasoning the griddle. Gave that 5 seconds of effort. Didnt like the results I was reading.

Have to think temp depends on oil used. Not trying to overcomplicate things. For me the fun part of being alive is trying to do things the best I can. Brand new griddle? I want to season the sucker like a pro.

Videos I watched were helpful. I would not recommend the Blackstone video on YouTube. I think they leaned towards making the process easy. Not necessarily the best method for the most non stick you can make the steel.

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dedmiston wrote:

We buy ours in 5# packs at Smart & Final.

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Smart and final rocks. Any those bikes in your sig for sale? Could trade 5 pounds of bacon, plus cash on our end.
(my friend is looking, here in the west)

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He didnt seem to mind the map gas sound. Scared of the air compressor hose though. Silly fella. He thinks its a water hose and bath time.

2 items i would recommend are an air compressor and propane torch or yellow can. Temp gun is useful and fun to play with. I had the griddle set to full blast for over an hour last night. Then used the torch in the corners and it starts smoking instantly. Which shows the corners wont get hot enough to season properly. Several of the videos i watched mentioned used a torch in the corners. I hit the sides as well. Got everything over 600F. Which might be overly hot. Im not exactly sure what temp it starts to smoke off at. Over 400ish because thats what the corners and sides seem to stick at. Quick blast of map gas gets them in the 600 range and the organics burn off.

The air compressor was nice to blow off tiny pieces of paper towel. I think next time i would sacrifice a nice lint free microfiber instead of the paper towel. Also next time i would apply the oil to a warm surface. Not the 600F scorching a$$ hot. I was getting a lot of burnt paper towel. I ended up letting the griddle cool between seasoning and applying the oil to a warm surface. Enough to melt the oil. But i could use my hands and the paper towel instead of tongs.  

Does anyone have advice on seasoning? Because they want you to crank the heat and watch for a color change on the surface. Then add oil to that hot surface. Is that necessary for the polymer action to happen? If i was to season the griddle again i would apply the oil to the hot surface the first time only. Then after that apply warm and crank the heat to burn it off. I did 5 rounds of their blackstone palm oil blend. I think round 4 and 5 i switched to applying the oil to the warm surface. Liked that a lot better because i could apply a nice even thin layer. 


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wopachop wrote:

He didnt seem to mind the map gas sound. Scared of the air compressor hose though. Silly fella. He thinks its a water hose and bath time.

2 items i would recommend are an air compressor and propane torch or yellow can. Temp gun is useful and fun to play with. I had the griddle set to full blast for over an hour last night. Then used the torch in the corners and it starts smoking instantly. Which shows the corners wont get hot enough to season properly. Several of the videos i watched mentioned used a torch in the corners. I hit the sides as well. Got everything over 600F. Which might be overly hot. Im not exactly sure what temp it starts to smoke off at. Over 400ish because thats what the corners and sides seem to stick at. Quick blast of map gas gets them in the 600 range and the organics burn off.

The air compressor was nice to blow off tiny pieces of paper towel. I think next time i would sacrifice a nice lint free microfiber instead of the paper towel. Also next time i would apply the oil to a warm surface. Not the 600F scorching a$$ hot. I was getting a lot of burnt paper towel. I ended up letting the griddle cool between seasoning and applying the oil to a warm surface. Enough to melt the oil. But i could use my hands and the paper towel instead of tongs.  

Does anyone have advice on seasoning? Because they want you to crank the heat and watch for a color change on the surface. Then add oil to that hot surface. Is that necessary for the polymer action to happen? If i was to season the griddle again i would apply the oil to the hot surface the first time only. Then after that apply warm and crank the heat to burn it off. I did 5 rounds of their blackstone palm oil blend. I think round 4 and 5 i switched to applying the oil to the warm surface. Liked that a lot better because i could apply a nice even thin layer. 


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Dont use micro fiber towels, they have plastic in them. Plastic and heat will mostly make a mess.

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When i did mine, i heated breifly on the home stove top. Wiped with oil, then put in oven at 500 for a half hour, reapplied oil, repeat 3x. Cook bacon on it a few times, done.

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^^^ Regular paper towels pretty well suck. They lint up and fall apart.

Go buy some rolls of the Scott Brand blue shop towels on the roll. Sams or Costco is best, or you can buy single rolls or 2 or 3 rolls in a plastic wrap pack at wallychinamart.

I accidentally left one of those blue paper shop towels in my pocket and ran it through the washing machine. When I was tossing clothes in the dryer I noticed it.

It did not fall apart, in fact I let it dry and used it some more.

These are what I use for my cast iron pans, among many other uses, and of course glass cleaning. They just don't lint.

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wopachop wrote:

dedmiston wrote:

We buy ours in 5# packs at Smart & Final.

S&F Bacon
Smart and final rocks. Any those bikes in your sig for sale? Could trade 5 pounds of bacon, plus cash on our end.
(my friend is looking, here in the west)


I had somebody offer me "a whole lotta med grade weed" for a bike I listed on Craigslist years ago. My buddies still tease me.

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